India in June 2015 launched online registration system named eMigrate system (www.emigrate.gov.in) for foreign employers (FEs) who wants to recruit Indian workers, including nurses. Under the system, FEs will have to register in the eMigrate system.
The filled registration application will be vetted by the Indian mission.
The new system will be implemented in phases.
Features of eMigrate system
• It will allow FEs to raise their demand for Indian workers and seek a permit to recruit directly or select Recruiting Agents (RAs) in online manner.
• Such FEs will have to declare the terms and conditions of employment of each category of the job at the time of applying for the demand registration.
• The declared terms and conditions of employment will act as a specimen contract and will form the part of employment contract at the time of actual recruitment.
Conditions for Foreign Employers (FEs)
• FEs recruiting more than 150 Indian workers are required to register online with immediate effect in order to raise demand and seek a permit to recruit directly or select RAs.
• FEs recruiting between 50-150 Indian workers are required to register online before 30 June 2015.
• FEs recruiting between 20-50 Indian workers are required to register online before 31 July 2015.
• FEs recruiting less than Indian workers are required to register online before 31 August 2015.
In case of recruitment of nurses, the overseas employment will have to be through three state-run recruiting agencies, namely Non-Resident Keralites's Affairs Department (NORKA-ROOTS) Thiruvananthapuram, Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC) Thiruvananthapuram and Overseas Manpower Corporation Limited (OMCL) Chennai.
The emigration of nurses for overseas employment will also require prior emigration clearance from Protector of Emigrants' offices in India. The recruitment agencies which are authorized to recruit Indian nurses will not charge any fees towards recruitment expenses from Indian nurses.
Union Cabinet approved setting up of Online National Agriculture Market
The Union Cabinet on 1 July 2015 approved the setting up of an Online National Agriculture Market that will provide more options to farmers for selling their produce.
Currently, farmers are restricted to selling their produce at mandis or market committees that charge various taxes on producers. But, now an online platform would be set up wherein farmers will be able to sell and buy fruits, vegetables and other produce from across the country.
An agency will also be set up to oversee online trading and to ensure that transactions take place smoothly. It will also focus on creating go-downs and facilitating transportation of the farm produce after the online trade.
With this, farmers can sell their produce both in physical mandis and on online platform. This will likely boost their incomes and improve availability, moderating price rise.
Prime Minister launched Digital India Week to spread awareness about Digital India Programme
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 1 July 2015 launched the Digital India Week in New Delhi.
The newly created week is aimed at encouraging people’s involvement and creating awareness among them about various initiatives launched under the Digital India Programme launched in August 2014.
The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) is the nodal agency for implementing the Digital India Programme in close cooperation with other departments and ministries.
Digital India has been envisioned as an ambitious umbrella programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
In order achieve the above objectives, several projects/products were already launched by the Union Government and Public Sector Enterprises or ready to be launched as indicated below:
• Digital Locker System aims to minimize the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents online, says the government.
• MyGov.in has been implemented as a platform for citizen engagement in governance, through a "Discuss", "Do" and "Disseminate" approach. The mobile app for MyGov would bring these features to users on a mobile phone.
• Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app would be used by people and Government organizations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.
• eSign framework would allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.
• The Online Registration System (ORS) under the eHospital application has been introduced. This application provides important services such as online registration, payment of fees and appointment, online diagnostic reports, enquiring availability of blood online etc, the government claims.
• National Scholarships Portal is said to be a one stop solution for end to end scholarship process right from submission of student application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the Government of India.
• Digitize India Platform (DIP) for large scale digitization of records in the country that would facilitate efficient delivery of services to the citizens.
• Bharat Net, a high speed digital highway to connect all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of country. This would be the world's largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre.
• Policy initiatives have also been undertaken by in the e-Governance domain like e-Kranti Framework, Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India, Framework for Adoption of Open Source Software in e-Governance Systems, Policy on Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Government of India, E-mail Policy of Government of India, Policy on Use of IT Resources of Government of India, Policy on Collaborative Application Development by Opening the Source Code of Government Applications, Application Development & Re-Engineering Guidelines for Cloud Ready Applications
• BSNL has introduced Next Generation Network (NGN), to replace 30 year old exchanges, which is an IP based technology to manage all types of services like voice, data, multimedia/ video and other types of packet switched communication services.
• BSNL has undertaken large scale deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country. The user can latch on the BSNL Wi-Fi network through their mobile devices.
• BPO Policy has been approved to create BPO centres in different North Eastern states and also in smaller / mofussil towns of other states.
• Electronics Development Fund (EDF) Policy aims to promote Innovation, R&D, and Product Development and to create a resource pool of IP within the country to create a self-sustaining eco-system of Venture Funds.
• National Centre for Flexible Electronics (NCFlexE) is an initiative of Government of India to promote research and innovation in the emerging area of Flexible Electronics.
• Centre of Excellence on Internet on Things (IoT) is a joint initiative of Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), ERNET and NASSCOM.